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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (10/5/09) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Monday edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by Goldstar beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

It's Syracuse week. I know they ain't the Syracuse of old...yet, but they are showing vast improvement under first year coach Marrone. All I ever have to do to get fired up for Syracuse is remember the "Marvin Graves Game." More on that later this week. I'm starting to get steamed now just thinking about it. The tipline is always open. Today's fun starts....now:

What You May Have Missed:

Stew's Review - MSNsportsNET.Com

Stew's Views: Curing Fumble-itis - BlueGoldNews.com

Quoting The Coach: Sunday Teleconference - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Colorado had some success with pressure - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East helmet stickers, Week 5 - Big East - ESPN

What we learned in the Big East, Week 5 - Big East - ESPN

Football Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

Week 5 review/Week 6 preview - Big East - ESPN

College GameDay Final - College Football - ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL OVERTIME - SI.com

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 5 - ESPN

West Virginia Football 2009: Week Five Awards - Bleacher Report

News of Note:

Mountaineer offense is good, not great - Charleston Daily Mail
"Consider a year ago WVU scored points on 44 percent of its turnover-free possessions. This season WVU is potent enough to score on 44 percent of all its possessions."

Monday Morning Quarterback: Offense is impressive - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Devine: Sky's the Limit for WVU Offense - eersports.com

Turnovers hold back the offense - PPG
Ya think?

Stewart determined to solve turnover woes - The Charleston Gazette

Pain's still there for Williams, but he's making a difference - The Charleston Gazette

Despite 3-1 Start, 'Eers Still Dropping the Ball - eersports.com

Turnovers, Syracuse concern WVU’s Stewart - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Jenkins liked WVU strategy - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Freshman Clarke is Thunder to Devine's Lightning - eersports.com
Freshman fullback Ryan Clarke is providing WVU a physical presence in the running game.

WVU finds thunder - The Register-Herald
Another profile on Ryan Clarke.

Toughness key for WVU - The Times West Virginian

WVU defense is next test for Orange’s Paulus - The Times West Virginian

WVU makes mark on ground and third down - The Times West Virginian

Stewart Cautions Don’t Let the Record Fool You - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU’s Defense, Turnover Ratio Must Improve - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU an enigma - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey F's column

Recruiting:

Cadogan on WVU Visit: "I loved it." - eersports.com
New Jersey tight end-defensive end Sherard Cadogan talks about his official visit to West Virginia.

Florida Star Elam Favoring Mountaineers - eersports.com
He has a lot of conflicting statements in here, but the fact that we're so far up on his leader board speaks VOLUMES.

What's On Tap:

WVU-Syracuse Game Scheduled for Noon - MSNsportsNET.Com
Scheduled to be on ESPN Regional as the BIG EAST Network’s Game of the Week.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers football: The bye week picture - Star Ledger

Bulls are ranked but are maintaining focus - Tampa Tribune
"The Bulls, who rose to 5-0 after a 34-20 victory at Syracuse, made their debut in this season's national top 25."

That Old Familiar Feeling: South Florida 34, Syracuse 20 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
"Syracuse looked outmatched and killed their chances with seven turnovers in the loss to South Florida."

UC pulls out win over Miami - The Cincinnati Enquirer
"The Bearcats had their hands full with longtime rival Miami before pulling away for a 37-13 victory. That gave Cincinnati a 5-0 record and the Victory Bell."

UC jumps ahead of Ohio State in AP poll - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pitt rebounds to beat Louisville, 35-10 - PPG

A Slightly More Formal Case Against Kragthorpe - Card Chronicle

Charlie Weis on where Notre Dame stands, Jimmy Clausen's production, more - Chicago Tribune
They lost to a UM team that lost to a 1-3 MSU team (at the time) and beat that said 1-3 MSU team. And he wants a higher ranking? Cry me a frickin' river. (It's because he knows his job depends on it after the last 3 years)

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's a video from Thursday's tailgate action, courtesy of WVIllustrated.com.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's honoree is an Israeli hottie. Meet Moran Atias.